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Province’s first official Equal Pay Day launches tomorrow amidst demands for action

posted on April 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2014 Province’s first official Equal Pay Day launches tomorrow amidst demands for action (TORONTO, ON) – On the eve of the Ontario’s first official Equal Pay Day, April 16, unions, community groups and professional women’s organizations are issuing a call to Premier Kathleen Wynne to close Ontario’s gender pay gap [...]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting (SARNIA) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Sarnia with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Wed., April 16. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014

posted on April 8, 2014

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2014 Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014 Bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact is often most targeted and most severe for LGBTQ youth (Lesbian, Gay, [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (HAMILTON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Hamilton with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Thurs., April 10. Calling Hudak’s claim [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting (PEEL REGION) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peel Region with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Tues., April 8. Calling [...]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting (KITCHENER/WATERLOO/GUELPH) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Kitchener with an urgent all-union meeting Mon., April 7. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting (NORTH BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into North Bay with an urgent all-union meeting Sat., April 5. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (PETERBOROUGH, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peterborough with an urgent all-union meeting Thurs., April 3. Calling Hudak’s claim that he has shelved [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2014 ADVISORY: THUNDER BAY MEETING TONIGHT Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Thunder Bay with an urgent all-union meeting tonight, Tues., [...]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Young People in Ontario Shouldn’t Have to Work For Less (Huffington Post, March 31, 2014)

posted on April 1, 2014

By: Sid Ryan Published on Mon Mar 31, 2014. Click here to view the original. Crown Holdings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food and beverage containers, is using its corporate might to create an underclass of young workers at its Toronto factory. After doubling its profits in 2012 to more than $200 million, [...]

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Cruise Boycott Expands: Anything But Carnival says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on March 31, 2014

(TORONTO) – The boycott of Carnival Cruises gained significant new support and momentum today as the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) officially threw its support behind it. The one-million member OFL joins a growing list of supporters in endorsing the boycott to protest the role of Carnival’s chief executive in a nearly seven-month labour dispute [...]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Niagara with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Niagara with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (ST. CATHARINES, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Niagara with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 27. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kingston with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kingston with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting (KINGSTON, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Kingston with an urgent all-union meeting on Tuesday, March 25. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Ottawa with Monday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Ottawa with Monday’s urgent all union meeting (OTTAWA, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Ottawa with an urgent all-union meeting on Monday, March 24. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to London with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to London with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (LONDON, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into London with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 20. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sudbury with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sudbury with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting (SUDBURY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Sudbury with an urgent all-union meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Ontario workers bring campaign to stop Tim Hudak to Toronto with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

posted on March 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2014 ADVISORY: Ontario workers bring campaign to stop Tim Hudak to Toronto with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (TORONTO, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last week against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Toronto with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 6. Calling Hudak’s claim [...]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight (Toronto Star, March 4, 2014)

posted on March 4, 2014

Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s dropping of ‘right-to-work’ leaves the door open to pushing an anti-worker agenda by other means, says the head of the Ontario Federation of Labour. By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Mar 04 2014. Click here to view the original. Tim Hudak’s [...]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014

posted on March 3, 2014

OFL STATEMENT March 6, 2014 Women Join the Fight Against Hudak’s Low-Wage Agenda: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014 As millions of women around the world observe International Women’s Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour will proudly celebrate the role that unions have played in elevating the living standards of all [...]

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OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014

posted on February 27, 2014

Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries. OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014 On Feb 28, we mark the 15th Annual International RSI Awareness Day. This day was created by injured workers and labour activists to bring awareness and action to the growing epidemic of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders [...]

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Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis

posted on February 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE February 27, 2014 Media Release Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis (Toronto, Ontario) – In response to the deepening youth jobs crisis, young workers from across Ontario are meeting in Toronto today to present recommendations for the provincial government on how to address youth unemployment and underemployment. “Too many young [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak kicks off with urgent all union meeting in Durham

posted on February 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak kicks off with urgent all union meeting in Durham (OSHAWA, ON) ─ Workers across Ontario are kicking off a province-wide campaign to defeat Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak with an urgent all union meeting in Oshawa this Thursday. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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RELEASE: Labour Warns Ontarians Not to Be Fooled by Hudak’s Changing Tune

posted on February 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2014 Labour Warns Ontarians Not to Be Fooled by Hudak’s Changing Tune (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organized labour vows not to be fooled by Hudak’s changing message on workers’ rights, and pledges to intensify plans to travel the province educating workers on his now “hidden” agenda. After losing to a mobilized [...]

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OFL Video – Toronto Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 16, 2014

On Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists brought a vibrant rally to the heart of Toronto’s retail sector to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families. Click here to watch the video: Add your support to the call for a $14 [...]

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Rally for $14 minimum wage in heart of Toronto retail sector

posted on February 14, 2014

For Immediate Release February 15, 2014 MEDIA RELEASE  Rally for $14 minimum wage in heart of Toronto retail sector TORONTO:  This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families at a lively rally in [...]

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Niagara Falls Voters Reject Hudak’s Attack on Workers

posted on February 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2014 Niagara Falls Voters Reject Hudak’s Attack on Workers (NIAGARA FALLS, ON) ─ Tonight’s byelection win for the NDP in Niagara Falls demonstrates that voters have rejected Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s divisive attack on the province’s workers, says Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. “Hudak’s embarrassing defeat in [...]

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Day of Action Across Ontario to Call for $14 Minimum Wage and a Fair Jobs Agenda

posted on February 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2014  MEDIA RELEASE  Day of Action Across Ontario to Call for $14 Minimum Wage and a Fair Jobs Agenda (TORONTO/ONTARIO) – This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario [...]

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Feb. 15 Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 4, 2014

This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty. Saturday, February 15, 2014 1 pm at Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto Organized by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front. Other events will [...]

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Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty

posted on January 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2013 Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty (TORONTO, ON) ─ Today’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne that minimum wage increases will be pegged to inflation is welcome news to the province’s one million workers [...]

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RELEASE: Yearlong Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Delivers First Victory

posted on January 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2013 Yearlong Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Delivers First Victory (TORONTO, ON) ─ After a yearlong campaign to raise the minimum wage, labour and community groups have secured an historic victory with the unanimous recommendation from Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel to implement automatic annual increases to the minimum wage. [...]

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Postmedia News interviews Nancy Hutchison on workplace inquests

posted on January 24, 2014

Postmedia News produced a great 6-part series on public inquests. Part 5 features OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison, who said that “History keeps repeating itself.” On the day she testified at the inquest into Justin Rogers’s death, she got an alert on her BlackBerry that two more mining workers had died in a “run of muck” [...]

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Celebrate African History Month with a Film viewing: Colour Me (A Documentary)

posted on January 21, 2014

Celebrate African History Month at a viewing of the amazing documentary film “Colour Me”. To register, visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/colour-me-tickets-10175223367 To find out more about the film, visit: www.ColourMeTheFilm.com Date: Feb. 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Ontario Federation of Labour, 15 Gervais Dr. Auditorium, Toronto (Eglinton Ave. East at Don Mills Rd) Hosted [...]

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OFL’s 2014 Submission to Ontario’s Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 16, 2014

Below are the speaking notes of OFL President Sid Ryan to Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. To download the OFL’s comprehensive pre-budget submission, click HERE. Introduction Thank you for having me here today. My name is Sid Ryan and I am the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54 [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL says lack of provincial protocols to blame for Ajax police shooting

posted on January 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2014 OFL says lack of provincial guidelines to blame for Ajax police shooting (AJAX, ON) – Breaking one month of silence following the tragic police shooting of a man in emotional distress, the family of Michael MacIsaac will be holding a vigil Saturday night to remember Michael and demand justice [...]

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OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day

posted on December 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 18, 2013 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day Ontario’s shameful treatment of migrant workers made headlines throughout 2013, after scandal, exploitation and abuse attracted unprecedented public exposure to the misuse of the Temporary Foreign Workers’ Program (TFWP). [...]

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LETTER: Invest in CPP; don’t gamble with PRPPs

posted on December 16, 2013

LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO: Dear Honourable Premier and Honourable Minister: Re: Canada Pension Plan vs. Pooled Registered Retirement Pension Plans (“PRPPs”) We write in regard to your government’s call for submissions about PRPPs. PRPPs are products supported by the financial services industry. Essentially, they would be much like group RRSPs – relatively expensive [...]

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RELEASE: Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination

posted on December 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2013 Media Release Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan expressed concerns that cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post today will have a negative impact on average Canadians and set the crown corporation on a [...]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day

posted on December 10, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2013 Mandela’s Legacy Inspires Workers to Renew Commitment to Justice and Equality for All OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) This year, [...]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

posted on December 5, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2013  Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (TORONTO) — As Ontarians gather in cities and towns across the province to remember the women victims of gender-based violence, Ontario’s labour movement recommits to concrete actions to [...]

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Liberal Bill Must Be First Step Towards Stronger Protections For Vulnerable Workers

posted on December 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2013 OFL says Liberal bill must be first step towards stronger protections for vulnerable workers (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomes long overdue protections for vulnerable workers, but cautions that new legislation introduced by the governing Liberals does not go far enough to protect [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on November 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour plans to shut down its biennial convention on Wednesday to organize a mass rally in the centre of Toronto’s retail district to demand an increase in Ontario’s minimum wage. “The [...]

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OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

posted on November 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction of roofing company owner, Paul Markewycz, for a 2011 workplace tragedy that [...]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda

posted on November 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario’s labour movement is gearing up to challenge Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s anti-worker agenda. Two weeks after a leaked copy of the Tory leaders’ campaign strategy revealed an attack on workers’ rights [...]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda

posted on November 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario’s labour movement is gearing up to challenge Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s anti-worker agenda. Two weeks after a leaked copy of the Tory leaders’ campaign strategy revealed an attack on workers’ rights [...]

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Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013

posted on November 19, 2013

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2013 Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013 Every year, November 20 is recognized around the world as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). It is meant as a day to challenge prejudice and hatred, to memorialize those who [...]

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Letter to Minister Duguid: Canada Jobs Grant

posted on November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013 Honourable Brad Duguid Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 3rd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, ON  M7A 1L2 Dear Minister Duguid: We are writing to express our concern about the federal government proposal to divert funding away from existing Labour Market Agreements to a new Canada Job Grant program. Your [...]

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Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield

posted on October 4, 2013

For immediate release October 03, 2013 Media Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield Labour leaders and workers from across Ontario to rally with striking Bonfield municipal workers Saturday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (BONFIELD, ONTARIO) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and North Bay District [...]

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OFL Workers of Colour Assembly ─ ‘The Rising of US All’ (Nov. 23, 2013)

posted on October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding its second Workers of Colour one day Assembly organized by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee and cosponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition (LATUC) and the [...]

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly ─ ‘Young Workers Rising’ (Nov. 23-24, 2013)

posted on October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The OFL Workers Under 30 Committee will be hosting the first Young Workers’ Assembly on November 23 and 24, 2013, immediately preceding the 12th Biennial OFL Convention. This informative and instructive session is open to all young workers and will include a full day of educational sessions and discussion [...]

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Obituary for Union Veteran Orville Thacker – 1932 to 2013

posted on October 3, 2013

Local union veteran Orville Thacker ‘changed the face of the labour movement’’ By Terry Pender Those who knew Orville Thacker believe his heart has a label that says: “Union Made.” The veteran trade-unionist died Monday. He was 81. For the first time in memory Thacker did not attend the Labour Day picnic this year. He [...]

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Remembering Linda Ann Jolley – 1945 to 2013

posted on October 3, 2013

Obituary: Linda Ann Jolley Quietly, in her 68th year, Linda passed away at home, on September 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Doug Felice, she is survived by her nephew Malcolm, her sister-in-law Jennifer, and her step-sons Craig and Christopher (Nakiea) and Christopher’s children Kiara and Cruz. Linda lived a life of passionate advocacy for [...]

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: CONVENTION PHOTOGRAPHY

posted on September 30, 2013

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking a photographer for its 2013 biennial convention, held from November 25 to 29, 2013. PHOTO ASSIGNMENT Photographs of speakers, presenters, performers and delegates. This will include photographs of speakers at the podium and floor microphones, as well as casual photos of delegates. Photos will also be required [...]

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OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013

posted on September 26, 2013

OFL STATEMENT September 26, 2013 Women Workers Making History – Inside Unions and Out: OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013 Many unions and federations now have policies that designate seats on leadership bodies for women and other equity groups. In Canada, this process began in 1983 when the Ontario Federation of Labour [...]

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OFL Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner – Nov. 28, 2013

posted on September 25, 2013

Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner -  Nominations and Tickets The Ontario Federation of Labour will host the 1st Biennial Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner at the upcoming convention. The dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 28, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. As past president [...]

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Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013

posted on September 23, 2013

No “Half Measures” is an international conference on workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. “…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be [...]

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 – GET ON A BUS TO #RALLY4FAIRNESS IN BONFIELD!

posted on September 20, 2013

The Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on all affiliates to rally on Saturday, October 5 in support of CUPE Local 4616 members in Bonfield, Ontario.

 These sisters and brothers, who provide municipal services to support people in the township, were forced into a defensive strike on August 1. The employer was demanding major concessions [...]

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OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars

posted on September 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2013 OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) blasted the criminal justice system for failing to bring criminal charges against Vale Canada Limited and its executives for the 2011 deaths of two miners in Vale’s Stobie Mine [...]

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OFL Letter to Federal Transit Minister: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities

posted on September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Raitt: Subject: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities On behalf of over one million unionized workers in Ontario, I am writing to urge you to respond to a recent open letter from Amalgamated Transit Union Local [...]

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ATU 1624 Campaign Aims to Put Fatigue Fatalities in Government Headlights

posted on September 18, 2013

After years of working diligently to boost public awareness about the tragic issue of driver fatigue, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1624 has launched a campaign to call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to legislate safer rules to regulate the hours of service of motor coach drivers. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators [...]

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OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers

posted on September 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2013 OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s appeal court decision to increase the fine against Metron Construction from $200,000 to 750,000 for the 2009 deaths of [...]

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OFL Report Shows that American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Hurt Workers and Economy

posted on September 3, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2013 OFL Report Shows that American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Hurt Workers and Economy (TORONTO, ON) – An Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) report on American-style, anti-worker laws demonstrates the devastating impact such legislation would have on the Ontario economy and reveals the hidden agenda of Hudak’s Conservatives, the Fraser Institute and [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL Report Showing How American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Will Hurt Canadian Economy: Release Tues., Sept. 3.

posted on September 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2013 OFL ADVISORY: Report Showing How American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Will Hurt Canadian Economy: Release Tues., Sept. 3. (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will publicly release a report on Tuesday, September 3 that examines the devastating impact that American-style, anti-worker laws would have on the Ontario economy [...]

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OFL Awards Post-Secondary Scholarship to Talented New Students

posted on August 30, 2013

For 29 years, the OFL has awarded two scholarships for post-secondary studies, worth $2,000 each, in honour of retired or deceased trade union activists who have contributed to the labour movement in Ontario. This year, a record number of applications were submitted and the winners were selected by a subcommittee of the OFL’s Workers Under [...]

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Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013

posted on August 30, 2013

OFL STATEMENT August 30, 2013 Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013 For generations, parents have held dear the expectation that their hard work would deliver a brighter future and improved fortunes for their children and their grandchildren. However, today’s youth are predicted to become the first [...]

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OFL unveils life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront

posted on August 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2013 OFL unveils life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront (TORONTO, ON) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) marked the second anniversary of the passing of Jack Layton by unveiling a life-sized bronze sculpture of the beloved NDP Leader riding in the back seat of a tandem bicycle. [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL to unveil life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront

posted on August 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL to unveil life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will unveil a beautiful bronze sculpture of Jack Layton on the second anniversary of the passing of the beloved NDP leader, in tribute to Jack’s dedication to [...]

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OFL says murder charges for death of Sammy Yatim are only the first step to justice

posted on August 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2013 OFL says murder charges for death of Sammy Yatim are only the first step to justice (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) responded to news that Constable James Forcillo will be charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Toronto teen Sammy Yatim by [...]

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COME TO UNVEILING OF THE OFL JACK LAYTON MEMORIAL STATUE, AUG 22

posted on August 18, 2013

I would like to invite you to the unveiling of a bronze statue of Jack Layton on the anniversary of his passing. This event will coincide with the City of Toronto’s official naming of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and was made possible through the generous donations of hundreds of labour unions, businesses and individuals. [...]

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OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally

posted on August 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2013  OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan will join striking Toronto Plaza Hotel workers at Noon on Thursday, August 15 to announce support for a boycott of the hotel until a fair settlement is negotiated [...]

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Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up

posted on August 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2013 ADVISORY: Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will co-host a media conference of family members of victims of police violence at the office of the Urban Alliance on Race [...]

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OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations

posted on August 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2013 OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds yesterday’s announcement from Ontario Ombudsman André Marin that his office will be conducting an extensive probe into police guidelines in the wake of the fatal shooting of Toronto teen [...]

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OFL Says the Toronto Police Services Board’s Failure to Follow Report Recommendations Led Directly to Death of Sammy Yatim

posted on July 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2013 OFL Says the Toronto Police Services Board’s Failure to Follow Report Recommendations Led Directly to Death of Sammy Yatim (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) called the police shooting of Sammy Yatim a total failure of the Toronto policing system. In the wake of the fatal [...]

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VIDEO: Thousands rally for medicare in Niagara-on-the-Lake

posted on July 26, 2013

On Thursday, July 25, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Canadian Health Coalition hosted a great rally in Niagara-on-the-Lake to call on Canada’s premiers to put pressure on the Harper government to renew the Canada Health Accord. The OFL, along with many other labour unions and community groups played a significant role in helping to [...]

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Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda

posted on July 24, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2013 Media Release Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda (NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO) – At a meeting with Canada’s premiers, labour leaders from across the country called for unity among the provinces and territories in rejecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s low-wage agenda. While the premiers gather [...]

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HuffPost Blog: Ontario Premier Should Focus on Jobs (by Sid Ryan)

posted on July 19, 2013

Good jobs are at the heart of healthy economies and communities, so when the premiers meet next week at the Council of the Federation, job creation should be a top priority. In Canada and Ontario we currently face many labour market challenges, including the rise of precarious work, growing numbers of migrant workers, cuts to [...]

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RELEASE – Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA

posted on July 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 4, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA (Toronto, Ontario) – The guilty verdict in the Sunrise Propane case last week has thrust the incompetence of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) into the spotlight once again. The TSSA is responsible for protecting public [...]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne on TSSA in Wake of Sunrise Tragedy

posted on July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: Recent events have once again brought attention to the failure of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to adequately oversee and protect public safety in key areas such as fuel and elevators. Since [...]

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Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013

posted on June 20, 2013

OFL STATEMENT June 21, 2013 Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013 As many Canadians prepare for summer trips to camp grounds and cottages, the First Nations community and its allies will be building off of the strength of the Idle No More movement to mobilizing [...]

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OFL Follow-Up Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

posted on June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Re:  Follow-up to June 5, 2013 Letter Dear Minister Naqvi: I am writing to follow-up on a letter sent to your office on June 5, 2013 that expressed concern about the threat to public safety that is [...]

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Photos & Video: Elevator Worker Rally Gets Government Action

posted on June 7, 2013

Today’s rally of hundreds of elevator workers and their supporters got immediate action from the Government of Ontario when the Ministry of Labour ordered both parties back to the table to resolve the labour dispute. These workers, who were being prevented from keeping the province’s 50,000 elevators in operation by an employer coalition that was [...]

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RELEASE – OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table

posted on June 6, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA RELEASE OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table (Toronto, Ontario) – Hundreds rallied amid Toronto’s skyscrapers today to call on the Ministry of Labour to help end the ongoing elevator worker strike by forcing Ontario’s four [...]

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HuffPost Blog: How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario (by Sid Ryan)

posted on June 6, 2013

Huffington Post blog by Sid Ryan How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario Original article was published on June 5, 2013, read it here If you are one of the millions of Ontarians who lives in a high-rise or works in an office tower, you wake up every morning expecting to get [...]

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OFL Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

posted on June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Dear Minister Naqvi: On May 1, 2013, elevator maintenance workers in Ontario were forced on strike by their employer, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA), which is made up of four big companies – Otis, Kone, Schindler [...]

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ADVISORY – Employer indifference puts lives at risk as 50,000 elevators breach provincial safety standards: Workers rally for strike settlement

posted on June 5, 2013

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA ADVISORY  Employer indifference puts lives at risk as 50,000 elevators breach provincial safety standards Workers rally for strike settlement (Toronto, Ontario) – One month after 1,400 Ontario elevator mechanics were forced on strike by an employer coalition with a near monopoly on elevator operation, nearly every one [...]

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Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day: June 1

posted on May 29, 2013

Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day Saturday June 1st, 2013 11:00 a.m. (overnight vigil begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday May 31st) Queen’s Park – Ontario Legislature (walk north from Queen’s Park Subway stop – College/University) Celebrate and call for justice for injured workers. Workers’ compensation is being destroyed to save employers [...]

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LGBTQ Pride 2013

posted on May 17, 2013

April 2013 LGBTQ Pride 2013 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over [...]

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Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17, 2013

posted on May 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 15, 2013 Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2013 For the second year in a row, Ontario’s LGBTQ community and its allies are celebrating historic victories for the rights and protections of transgender people as part [...]

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Damning Report Says Ontario is Failing Migrant Workers: OFL Calls on Wynne Government to Protect Rights of Vulnerable Workers

posted on May 16, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2013 Damning Report Says Ontario is Failing Migrant Workers OFL Calls on Wynne Government to Protect Rights of Vulnerable Workers (TORONTO, ON) ─ OFL calls on Ontario Government to respond immediately to a new report that gives the province shameful grades for failing to protect the rights of migrant workers. [...]

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Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders: OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013

posted on May 3, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2013 Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013 Across Ontario, workers are joining the South Asian community in recognizing May as South Asian Heritage Month. However, this year’s celebrations are dampened by news of the April 24 collapse of a Bangladesh garment [...]

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Modest Improvements Offer Little Relief in Austerity Budget: OFL Calls on Parties to Make Fairness the Focus of Budget Negotiations

posted on May 2, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Modest Improvements Offer Little Relief in Austerity Budget OFL Calls on Parties to Make Fairness the Focus of Budget Negotiations (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomed modest measures in today’s Budget that responded to concerns identified in the People’s Budget but [...]

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Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace: OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28

posted on April 24, 2013

OFL Statement April 24, 2013 Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28 Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario this weekend to memorialize [...]

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